In Cannes, Spike Lee lambasts Trump over white supremacists


"We have a guy in the White House - I'm not gonna say his f-ing name - who defined that moment not just for Americans but the world, and that motherf-er was given the chance to say we are about love, not hate", Lee said.

"It was a defining moment and he could have said to the United States and the world that we're better than that", said Lee.

While promoting his latest film, "BlacKkKlansman", which is said to have received a 10-minute standing ovation during its Cannes debut, Lee took some time to remind the press about the US President's stance on neo-Nazis, or so-called "white nationalists". Based on the memoir from Colorado Springs' first Black detective (not the Chappelle's Show sketch), the film follows Detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, son of Denzel), infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s with the help of an undercover cop (Adam Driver).

Actor Topher Grace was excited to find out he was playing former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke in Spike Lee's new movie "BlacKkKlansman", but getting ready for filming after snagging the role was a different story. The final image is an upside-down American flag that fades to black and white.

Focus Features will release the film in August, on the anniversary of Charlottesville. Lee added after the film was finished. "This film to me is a wake up call", Lee said.

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The film ends with footage from the protests in Charlottesville, where a woman was killed after a man plowed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters during the "Unite the Right" rally.

"I was not going to put that murder scene in the film without her blessing", said Lee.

Lee referred to Charlottesville as an "ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on America", while making sure to remind the global media at Cannes that the racism depicted in "BlacKkKlansman" doesn't only exist in the United States. This right-wing bulls- is not just America, it is all over the world, and we have to wake up.

Spike Lee has unleashed on Donald Trump in an expletive-filled speech, furious at the recent rise of violent white supremacy in the US. We can't be silent. I go to bed thinking about it. And I like to say this is not just something that pertains to the United States of America, this bullshit has gone over the world.